A Central Regional Middle School history teacher was pronounced dead at the scene after his Honda Accord struck a utility pole and overturned in Manchester Township on Friday night.
David Vignevic, 34, was traveling west on Route 571 at 4:24 a.m., when the car left the roadway, struck a utility pole, overturned and hit a tree near Quarry Road, Manchester Township Police Capt. Lisa Parker said.
"He was hired in 2006 and was a bright young teacher with a promising future," Central Regional Schools Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides said. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
Parlapanides waited until Monday to make the announcement so crisis and counseling teams could be activated.
"We have counselors following his class schedule to assist any students that need it and our crisis team is ready for any teachers or students that need assistance," he said.
Vignevic was wearing a seatbelt and was traveling alone, Parker said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.
The Manchester and Ridgeway fire departments assisted police at the scene, as well as paramedics from MONOC, Quality Medical Transport, the Ocean County Criminalistic Investigation Unit and the Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office.
The crash is being investigated by Manchester Patrolmen Ian Bole and Antonio Ellis.